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Danger level 7
Type: Trojans
Common infection symptoms:
  • Slow Computer
  • System crashes
  • Connects to the internet without permission
  • Installs itself without permissions
  • Can't be uninstalled via Control Panel

Wallet Ransomware

Wallet Ransomware is an infection that attaches the “.wallet” extension to the encrypted files. According to our research, many different versions of this particular threat might exist, and they are all based on the CrySIS Ransomware engine. This engine has been exploited for the creation of Meldonii@india.com Ransomware, Vegclass@aol.com Ransomware, and many other well-known infections that we, of course, advise deleting. Although all versions of the suspicious infection visually should look the same, they are created by different parties, and different email addresses are linked to them. One of these addresses is mk.liukang@aol.com, and you might recognize this version of the threat as Mk.liukang@aol.com Ransomware. Whichever name you use to identify it, you need to remove Wallet Ransomware, but, first, you should read the report to learn more about this dangerous malware.

Did you know what, in most cases, spam emails are employed for the distribution of ransomware? The distributor can attach the launcher of the Wallet Ransomware to any fake email message just to trick the victim into opening it. If you do not delete the malicious file in time, your personal files found on the infected operating system are encrypted right away, and, unfortunately, it is impossible to reverse the damage manually. A decryption key is your only hope at cracking the complex RSA-2048 algorithm, and the creator of the dangerous infection knows that. If you are desperate to get the key, you are likely to be willing to pay a ransom fee, which, of course, is the only reason why ransomware is created. At the moment, no third-party tool can help you decrypt the files encrypted by Wallet Ransomware, and that makes this malware very dangerous. If your personal files were encrypted by it, you might be facing their loss.

When Wallet Ransomware encrypts your files, it encrypts the data within files to make them unreadable. Also, as you already know, a unique extension is attached to them, and that is done to help you find the files that were encrypted. For example, if you are dealing with the Mk.liukang@aol.com Ransomware – which is one of the many versions that Wallet Ransomware might have – the extension attached to your personal files looks like this: “.[mk.liukang@aol.com].wallet”. The email address is also attached to the ransom note, which is represented via a file called “INFORMATION HOW DECRyourPC.jpg”. You should be able to find it on the Desktop or along with the encrypted files. The main purpose behind this ransom note is to make victims email cyber criminals so that they could introduce them to the instructions on how to pay the ransom. If you choose to communicate with the creator of Wallet Ransomware, we do not recommend doing that with the email address that you use on a daily basis.

The malicious Wallet Ransomware is also capable of replacing the Desktop background image with an image file named “how to decrypt your files.jpg”, and it is likely to be used for the representation of the same demand to contact cyber criminals. Whether the sum they demand in return of an alleged decryption key is small or big, you have to think if paying for it is the right move. Cyber criminals are not going to be held liable for their actions, which means that they will not face any consequences even if they choose not to provide you with a decrypter in return of the ransom fee. Needless to say, that is a huge risk that you need to consider before putting your savings on the line.

At the end of the day, you need to delete Wallet Ransomware regardless of whether or not your files are restored. We hope that you manage to get your files back, but, in any case, you need to eliminate the malicious components of this dangerous threat. Since this malware spreads via spam emails, you should be able to locate the malicious file without any trouble. The guide below shows a few potential locations where the file might be found, but its name is unknown. The guide also shows how to eliminate other important components. If you are not ready to clean your operating system manually, you can use anti-malware software. If you install it – and it is our recommendation that you do – make sure you keep it updated at all times, and malicious threats will not be able to slither in again.

Wallet Ransomware Removal

  1. Tap Win+E keys on the keyboard to launch Explorer.
  2. Enter the paths listed below into the bar at the top to check possible locations of the malicious {random name}.exe file. If you find it, right-click it and choose Delete.
    • %WINDIR%\System32\
    • %WINDIR%\Syswow64\
    • %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\
    • %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\
    • %USERPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\
    • %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\
    • %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\
  3. Tap Win+R keys on the keyboard to launch RUN.
  4. Type in regedit.exe and click OK to launch Registry Editor.
  5. Navigate to HKCU\Control Panel\Desktop.
  6. Double-click the value called Wallpaper to open it.
  7. Erase C:\Users\user\INFORMATION HOW DECRyourPC.jpg from the value data and click OK.
  8. Move to HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Wallpapers.
  9. Double-click the value called BackgroundHistoryPath0 to open it.
  10. Erase C:\Users\user\INFORMATION HOW DECRyourPC.jpg from the value data and click OK.
  11. Navigate to HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run.
  12. Delete the malicious value that represents the path to the malicious .exe file and click OK.
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